Middle School World History A

Enrollment Message:

Somebody discovered the wheel. Somebody discovered written communication. Somebody even figured out how to count to ten. From the ancient river civilizations to China and its ancient dynasties, different civilizations left their mark on history. They also left their mark on how we live today. In this course, students join travel agent Mr. Lightfoot to travel back in time digging out the past of these ancient civilizations. In ancient Egypt students visit the pyramids and find out the secrets of preserving mummies. They see how the Mayans developed astronomy to a precise science. They even investigate the difference between the Athenians and the Spartans. Students will journey through India discovering their contributions to medicine, moving on to Africa to follow the rise and fall of the ancient east African kingdoms of Kush and Axum. Throughout the centuries, and still today, our world is made up of dozens of different cultures. They all are different, and they all have made big contributions to what we know and who we are. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

interpret primary and secondary sources

describe the methods and tools historians use

describe how history relates to the other social sciences

describe the roles of historians and recognize how historical interpretations may differ

use timelines to draw conclusions

use maps and relative locations to understand relationships

analyze the relationships between physical geography and the advantages and challenges faced by populations

interpret how geographic boundaries affect migration and interaction with others

use maps to trace significant migrations and their results

explain how the environment and resources affected the development and spread of commodities and ideas

identify the characteristics of civilization

explain how ancient civilizations were influenced by their locations and natural resources

understand the workings of ancient civilizations' governments

compare the economic, political, social, and religious institutions of select civilizations

describe and identify traditional and command economies as they appear in different civilizations

explain why international trading requires a medium of exchange

identify factors that increase economic growth

analyze map projections and explain uses of various types of maps

compare maps of the world in ancient times with current political maps

explain aspects of the democratic process as it was developed in ancient Athens

identify and explain key events, figures, and achievements of ancient civilizations, including the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, Phoenicians, Greeks

Course Outline:

Module 1: Ancient Origins

Module 2: Ancient River Civilizations

Module 3: Ancient America

Module 4: Ancient Greece

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information:


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 54051
MDE Endorsement Code: RX - Social Studies
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus